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    According to some research Facebook has done about itself, "dog people" have on average 26 more Facebook friends than "cat people".

    What is it about dogs and cats and, above all people, that causes something like this?
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    14 Aug '16 03:43
    Originally posted by FMF
    According to some research Facebook has done about itself, "dog people" have on average 26 more Facebook friends than "cat people".

    What is it about dogs and cats and, above all people, that causes something like this?
    1. statistics lie (i can offer you no proof one way or the other about this)
    2. evolutionary forces unexplained caused dogs to serve people and people to serve cats
    3. cthulhu thought it would be funny
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    14 Aug '16 03:45
    Originally posted by rookie54
    1. statistics lie (i can offer you no proof one way or the other about this)
    OK, fair enough. So, what makes people use statistics to tell lies about each other and the influence of cats and dogs on them? 😉
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    a) Could be a statistical artefact peculiar to Facebook.
    b) Number of Facebook 'friends' says nothing about the quality of those so-called friendships.
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    14 Aug '16 06:27
    Originally posted by moonbus
    a) Could be a statistical artefact peculiar to Facebook.
    b) Number of Facebook 'friends' says nothing about the quality of those so-called friendships.
    Perhaps liking dogs rather than cats makes a person more likely to misperceive or exaggerate how many people like them, while a liking for cats perhaps makes one more discerning about human friendships.
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    14 Aug '16 08:47
    Originally posted by FMF
    According to some research Facebook has done about itself, "dog people" have on average 26 more Facebook friends than "cat people".

    What is it about dogs and cats and, above all people, that causes something like this?
    Dogs require walking and being pack animals they socialise more; cats are just hanging around to see if we feed them. I think this may be reflected in the stats.
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    14 Aug '16 10:06
    Originally posted by moonbus
    Number of Facebook 'friends' says nothing about the quality of those so-called friendships.
    Here's another interesting factoid that I found on the BBC:

    "Only about half of perceived friendships are mutual."

    From The New Your Times - http://tinyurl.com/hbzlt74
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    14 Aug '16 10:46
    Originally posted by FMF
    Here's another interesting factoid that I found on the BBC:

    "Only about half of perceived friendships are mutual."

    From The New Your Times - http://tinyurl.com/hbzlt74
    That's an interesting statistic, but not surprising. Why do people become friends? What factors are in play for a friendship to develop? What might be the most significant element of a true friendship?
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    14 Aug '16 10:51
    Originally posted by josephw
    Why do people become friends? What factors are in play for a friendship to develop? What might be the most significant element of a true friendship?
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    14 Aug '16 10:53
    FMF: "Only about half of perceived friendships are mutual."

    Originally posted by josephw
    That's an interesting statistic, but not surprising.
    If it were 20-25%, I'd agree with you. But I find "about half" to be surprising.
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    14 Aug '16 11:00
    Originally posted by FMF
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    I think there is an answer for every question, but we're not always willing to accept them.

    Sometimes one needs to walk by faith, especially when there appears to be no answer to compelling and provoking questions.
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    14 Aug '16 11:43
    Originally posted by josephw
    I think there is an answer for every question, but we're not always willing to accept them.
    OK, then. What are the answers to these questions: "Why do people become friends? What factors are in play for a friendship to develop? What might be the most significant element of a true friendship?" and how do those answers explain how only about half of perceived friendships are mutual? I might be willing to accept the point you're making if you explain it. 😉
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    14 Aug '16 20:25
    Originally posted by josephw
    That's an interesting statistic, but not surprising. Why do people become friends? What factors are in play for a friendship to develop? What might be the most significant element of a true friendship?
    One aspect of true friendship is a meeting of minds. True friends will have some common interests, they won't agree on all things, but they will respect each other's differences.

    Face-to-face contact is not necessary. Some true friendships have developed by correspondence, and some have been well documented.

    Why so many Facebook friendships appear to be one-way streets I can only speculate. It may be partly because the people for whom virtual friendships are not reciprocated are projecting a wish for intimacy onto someone else.
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    14 Aug '16 22:54
    Originally posted by moonbus
    One aspect of true friendship is a meeting of minds. True friends will have some common interests, they won't agree on all things, but they will respect each other's differences.

    Face-to-face contact is not necessary. Some true friendships have developed by correspondence, and some have been well documented.

    Why so many Facebook friendships appear to b ...[text shortened]... m virtual friendships are not reciprocated are projecting a wish for intimacy onto someone else.
    I may have been remiss by causing a misunderstanding to creep into this.

    The "Only about half of perceived friendships are mutual" factoid has got nothing to do with Facebook (or the factoid about dog lovers and cat lovers on Facebook).

    They are discrete factoids.
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    15 Aug '16 04:17
    Ah, I misread the connection. So half of all perceived friendships are misperceived? Are that many people daft??
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